Hipcamp host Mackenzie O.
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***COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols***We have set these policies to ensure an enjoyable and safe camping season:

  • Please be prepared for longer wait times at the front gate as we review new protocol and onboarding procedures on site with individual guests. Upon entry at our front gate, please pull over where instructed, and wait
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    ***COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols***We have set these policies to ensure an enjoyable and safe camping season:

  • Please be prepared for longer wait times at the front gate as we review new protocol and onboarding procedures on site with individual guests. Upon entry at our front gate, please pull over where instructed, and wait in your car to be checked in. In compliance with CDC guidelines, all campers will have their temperature taken remotely from outside the car, and asked a few questions clarifying origin and locations visited that day. We will also record your driver’s license and plate number. Thank you for your patience as we evolve together. 
  • Please plan for a completely self-sufficient campout, and BYO EVERYTHING!This includes food, stove, cookware, cups/plates/utensils, ice, napkins, and toilet paper! Please contact us before you arrive if you would like to rent a cooler, and remember that Mendocino Magic does not allow styrofoam anywhere on the property.
  • To minimize contact within Mendocino County, we request that you prepare groceries and supplies within your home county before traveling to the Magic.
  • Maintain a minimum of 10 feet from people outside of your group at all times, especially with use of any commons such as hiking our pathways, swimming in the reservoir, or while playing sports (please bring your own games and floaties-we will not be supplying them this season). 
  • Wear a mask when you are not at your campsite.
  • Use the hand wash stations located outside of the portapotties.
  • As always, please pack out all of your waste and dispose of your trash at home. Prepare in advance with cardboard burnable or compostable packaging to minimize waste, as well as a garbage bag to pack out your waste. 
  • Any persons seen not complying with these updated guidelines will be asked to leave without a refund. We are not kidding about this!

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 


    Cannonball Camp, one of the most highly sought after lakeside destinations through this north coast region, is a quiet, private campsite right on the Holland Reservoir, with easy access to trails. Enjoy the sunrise and sunset in an isolated location with some of the best stargazing on the property.  There is flat ground to pitch your tent on, a picnic table to enjoy meals at, a fire pit, a charcoal grill, and gorgeous views all around. The proximity to the water is what people like the most about this site – you can step out of your tent in the morning and jump right in! 

    There is no car access to Cannonball Camp. To get to this site you will park your car at the parking area, and hike about a half mile (it takes about 10 minutes) using the footpath around the Reservoir.  Prepare to hike camping gear up to the campsite without hand carts as there are steps and a hilly terrain to traverse. Since you will be carrying your gear to the site, we recommend that you pack lightly.

    Currently reservation requests for this campsite are set for up to 5 campers. When booking the site for more than 5 guests please edit your request to reflect accurate headcount information in advance of your arrival. Additional campers are $30 per adult nightly.

    ***A NOTE ABOUT FIRES: Some campsites at Mendocino Magic have a firepit, but occasionally during the summer months the state bans fires for campers. We will keep you posted about the status of fires on the property when you book your reservation. Since we would hate to take campfires out of the camping experience, we have started the #onefire campaign to keep campers happy with a fire at our communal cooking area at the Central Camper's Kitchen, where on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a fire for all to enjoy. During a fire ban, please do not start a fire up at any camp's fire ring - guests who do so will be asked to leave without a refund.

    Campsite area
    Bring your own tents
    1 site
    Up to 12 guests per site
    Moderate walk
    No ADA access
    Campfires allowed
    Toilet available
    Pets allowed
    Potable water available
    Kitchen available
    Picnic table available
    No showers
    No wifi
    Pack it out
    Have a question? Send Mackenzie a message!
    • Check in: After 2PM
    • Check out: Before 12PM
    • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
    • On arrival: Meet and greet
    • Minimum nights: 2
    • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
    • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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    16 oz Propane Canister

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    5 lb Charcoal

    1 chimney's worth of charcoal for a meal .

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    Ice Chest + 10 lbs ice

    Big weekend, big cooler. Comes with two 5 lb bags of ice.

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    Propane 2 Burner Camping Stove

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    47 Reviews

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    Hipcamper kristin
    Kristin A.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    August 2nd, 2015

    Perfection. Water so clear you can see the fish, prime site and great trails nearby. About an hour from Fort Bragg if you get hungry for a big meal. Absolutely recommend, highly!

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    Hipcamper Kyle
    Kyle W.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    August 21st, 2015

    This place is amazing. We're used to being on top of each other at state parks - here you get your own private lake, out in the middle of nowhere. The host is incredibly gracious and accommodating. She showed us all the stuff we could use and let us borrow her metal boat and a bunch of kayaks. We were happily surprised to find a shower, though we didn't end up using it.

    It's more than I’ve ever paid for a campsite, but once we got there, I realized it was worth it.

    Hipcamper kristin
    Kristin A.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    August 21st, 2015

    It was beautiful. Having the lake to swim and float in and the little boat dock to yourself is just a different experience. So peaceful. I’ve told all my friends to go. Mackenzie, the owner, was super nice and helpful. She sent directions before, texted me, it all was very smooth and easy.

    Hipcamper Carlyn
    Carlyn A.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    September 3rd, 2015

    Awesome campsite! Very secluded and private, with lots of things to do. The owner let us borrow kayaks and floaties for the lake, and invited us to bbq on the lanai.

    Hipcamper Cody
    Cody C.
    didn't provide a recommendation.
    September 3rd, 2015

    we had the best time at cannonball camp! the setting was gorgeous and very private, and the property owners were so welcoming and helpful

    Hipcamper Alex
    Alex J.
    recommends this listing.
    June 2nd, 2016

    Cannonball camp is amazing, the campsite sits right on the water with access to an awesome dock perfect for cannonballs. The site had tons of space for our group and at night the stars were an incredible site. We will definitely be returning here for future camping trips with our group.

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    Hipcamper Anh
    Anh T.
    recommends this listing.
    June 29th, 2016

    Great place to get away and camp alongside a reservoir. The campsite has a shade structure which was very much appreciated as it can get very sunny and hot. Next time we go, we would bring along our dinning tent that is screened in so that we can enjoy our meals without being the main course ourselves for mosquitoes.

    The site can accommodate 3 medium sized tents with plenty of elbow room for all and the fire pit was quintessential for any camping experience so we were glad there was no fire ban in effect.

    The reservoir felt like our private lake with just the occasional visitor coming to kayak and swim but our privacy was never encroached upon. Great kayaking and swimming to be had if you enjoy being in the water. There is a small floating "island" where you can sunbathe and watch the fish ~ they may take a nibble when you're in the water though its more shocking than painful.

    The porta potty is a five minute walk from the campsite and it is about a 15-20 minute walk to the parking area. Be sure to bring trash bags with you as you will need to haul out all your rubbish including compost.

    Essentials to bring: water, extra shade/sunscreen, insect repellant/screened structure, trash bags and biodegradable liquid dish soap.

    Folks in Laytonville were friendly and there's even a chinese restaurant for nights when you feel like eating out! So glad there was a natural food store in town as well as a decent cafe creatively named Pour Girl.

    Hipcamper Bre
    Bre L.
    recommends this listing.
    July 5th, 2016

    Cannonball Camp is the BEST site in Mendocino Magic, and reminded us of some of the amazing spots we've encountered backcountry. Since the photos in the listing were taken, Mackenzie has added a canopy sunshade over the picnic table, which was a savior during the mid-80 degree days during our stay. As mentioned in the site's description, it is a half mile trek from the cars, so even though we were able to lug a large cooler up the trail (we were there for 3 nights), I would recommend packing with more of a backpacking mentality. It's also pack it in/pack it out for trash and recycling, and the water station is back near the parking area (mile round trip), so be sure to show up with a decent amount of water so you're not hoofing it back and forth all the time. There were three gallons of water waiting for us in a shaded area at the site, which was awesome since we'd only brought a 1 gallon jug.

    The reservoir is the main feature of the campsite + Mendocino Magic. There are provided kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats, and I would encourage campers to come with their own pool-style floaties, as we were so jealous of the ones we saw, we ended up making a trip to town to get our own.

    All in all, an amazing stay. We felt like we were miles away from anyone at night when the water was calm and as smooth as glass, and we would compete to see who could spot Mars popping up in the night sky first.

    Hipcamper Taylor
    Taylor R.
    recommends this listing.
    July 14th, 2016

    This place is the best! Your own private lakeside campsite. Other people use the lake during the day (fishing, boating, swimming, hiking), but you're the only one staying on the lake. There's a porta potty about 200 feet away, and a water spigot down the hill (about a steep 5 min. walk).

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